The Public Domain Skeptic’s Library

If you’re a reading junkie, books can get quite expensive, especially skeptical books on religion that often are only published in smaller quantities and therefore are priced higher. Not to mention, many of the Higher Critical standards were originally published in German (being home to the Tübingen school) and don’t often get translated into English. But, there are many great books available in the public domain, so I thought I would take a few minutes to make a list of some skeptical classics. Load them onto your PDA or your Kindle and have a blast. Being older titles, there may have been updates or newer theories because, after all, new data is being discovered all the time. There will always be newer concepts as schools of thought build their libraries, but most of these texts make up the backbone of skeptical theories.


  • Atheism in Pagan Antiquity (1922) by Anders Drachmann

  • The Natural History of Atheism (1878) by John Stuart Blackie

  • Humanity’s Gain from Unbelief (1889) by Charles Bradlough

  • Freethinkers of the Nineteenth Century by Janet Courtney

  • Biographies of Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers by Charles Bradlaugh

  • The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
Libravox (audio)

Comparative Mythology

  • The Golden Bough (1890) by Sir James George Frazer

Project Gutenberg
Archive (audio)

  • Gilgamesh (from Babylonian texts)

  • The Mysteries of Mithra (1903) by Franz Cumont

  • The World’s 16 Crucified Saviors (or Christianity Before Christ) (1875) by Kersey Graves

Old Testament Commentary

  • Mythology among the Hebrews and its historical development (1877), Ignác Goldziher

  • About the Holy Bible: A Lecture (1894), Robert G Ingersoll

  • The Gods, and Other Lectures (1879), Robert G Ingersoll

  • Some Mistakes of Moses (1889), Robert G Ingersoll
Google books

The Historicity of Jesus

  • A Short History of Christianity (1902), J.M. Robertson

  • Christianity and Mythology (1910), J.M. Robertson Robertson postulates that the Jesus story was based on the story of Jesus ben Pandera (circa 100 BCE) from the Jewish Talmud

  • The Historical Jesus, a Survey of Positions (1916), J.M. Robertson

  • Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth (1941), Jackson, John G Short (32 page) overview of non-Christian savior gods

  • Quest of the Historical Jesus, Albert Schweitzer

Early Christian Schweitzer proposed that Jesus was a man that believed himself to be a doomsday prophet

  • Life of Jesus Critically Examined (1892), David Strauss

Part 1,

Part 2,

  • Witness to the Historical Jesus (1912), Arthur Drews

  • Did Jesus live 100 B.C.?(1903), G.R.S. Mead

  • Christ, Christians and Christianity: Jesus an Essene (1895), Edward Planta Nesbit

  • The Credibility and Morality of the Four Gospels (1860) by Charles Bradlough

  • Apologia (Zachary Moore)(2007) – Jesus Myth
  1. Part One (audio)
  2. Part Two (audio)
  3. Part Three (audio)

Christianity’s Relation to the Mystery Religions

  • The Mystery Religions & the New Testament (1918), Henry Clay Sheldon


  • Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism, by John Newton (1875)

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